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Born in Gunma, raised in Yokosuka. Major in textiles at university, started shooting photographs from 1975. In the '80s, completed her early series of 3 works "Apartment" (shot apartment houses around Yokosuka, Yokohama area). "Yokosuka Story", and "Endless Night". She took photos of city sights and buildings. In mid '90s, she released "To the Skin" shooting scars of female bodies and "1・9・4・7", body parts like hands and feet of other women's at her age. She looks straight into the objects, prints the memories onto portraits of them. Awarded the 4th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award ('79), the 15th the Domestic Photographer Prize of the Higashikawa Prize ('99) and more. She is also so active outside of Japan that was selected as the first female photographer to participate at Japanese pavilion exhibition for Venice Biennal in 2005. Her "Mother's" is highly praised there. 2008, she released a photo book titled "Hiroshima". She shot some portraits out of 19,000 remains of the Hiroshima victims stored at Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Some remains like girl's clothes, shoes and other things were put on a light box when shooting. Her "Hiroshima" is totally new and outstanding among any other photographs that were ever taken with the same theme "Hiroshima". The show is on the road from Hiroshima, Tokyo and to other cities.

1947  Born in Gunma
1953  Moves to Yokosuka
1970  Leaves Tama Art University, major in textiles, without graduating
1979  Awarded the 4th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award
1999  Awarded the 15th the Domestic Photographer Prize of the Higashikawa Prize
2006  Awarded the Photographic Society in Japan's Prize for 2006
2009  Awarded the Mainichi Art Award

<Selected Solo Exhibition>

2011 From [Mother's] to [hiroshima], 11th Documentary Photo Festival Miyazaki

2010 Sweet Home Yokosuka 1976-1980, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York
2010 hiroshima in OKINAWA, Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa
2010 Tokyo Bay Blues, Sokyusha, Tokyo
2010 hiroshima six, The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka

2009 Ishiuchi Miyako Infinity, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
2009 Ishiuchi Miyako on the wind of Zyoshuu 1976/2008, Okawa Museum of Art,
2009 Gunma

2008 Clubs Courts Apartments Ishiuchi Miyako, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York
2008 Miyako Ishiuchi,photographs 1976-2003, traveling exhibition
2008 Langhans Gallery, Prague traveling to Foam, Amsterdam
2008 traveling to La Filature,Scene nationale-Mulhouse, France traveling to Michael
2008 Hoppen Gallery, London
2008 HIROSHIMA Strings of Time, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008 Hiroshima
2008 HIROSHIMA is, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo

2007 Mother's, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2007 Innocence, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo

2006 Mother's, Aurora arte Contemporanea, Trent
2006 Ishiuchi Miyako mother's,Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

2005 Mother's, The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka
2005 Innocence,Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo
2005 mother's 2000-2005 - traces of the future,
2005 The 51st international art exhibition of la Biennale Venezia, Venice

2003 Mother's Sepia International, New York

1999 Miyako Ishiuchi: Time Textured in Monochrome, NationalFilm Center, The
1999 National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1999 Scars, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo

1998 Yokosuka Again Gallery Verita, Tokyo; The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka

1997 1 ・ 9 ・ 4 ・ 7, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo
1997 Yokosuka Story,Past Rays Photo Gallery, Yokohama

1996 Chromosome XY,The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka

1994 To the Skin,Gallery Te, Tokyo
1994 1 ・ 9 ・ 4 ・ 7, Laurence Miller Gallery, NewYork

1991 Interior, Past Rays Photo Gallery, Yokohama

1980 Endless Night, Ginza Nikon Salon; Shinjyuku Nikon Salon, Tokyo

1978  Apartment” Ginza Nikon Salon,Tokyo

1977 Yokosuka Story,Ginza Nikon Salon,Tokyo

<Selected Group Exhibition>

2010 "Pictures by Women/ A history of Modern Photography,” Museum of Modern
2010 Art, New York
2010 "Miyako Ishiuchi and Ryoji Ikeda,” Okawa Museum of Art, Gunma
2010 "Skin,” Wellcome Trust, London
2010 "126 Polaroid” Yokohama Museum of Art
2010 "Collection/Mother’s,” The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma

2009 "Aging,” Fondation Claude Verdan, Lausanne
2009 "Dark Side II- Photographic Power, Disease, and Death Photographed,”
2009 Fotomuseum Winterhur, Zurish
2009 "Dress Codes/ The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video,”
2009 International Center Of Photography, New York

2008 "The Human Images in the Twentieth Century" Gunma Museum of Art,
2008 Tatebayashi
2008 "Collection 1" The National Museum of Art, Osaka
2008 "Collection 2" The National Museum of Art, Osaka
2008 "The history of art and city -Paris, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai-" sendai
2008 mediatheque
2008 "Collection 2" Yokohama Museum of Art
2008 "Between the Wall and the Ground" The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2008 "The Tokushima Collection Exhibition 2008" The Tokushima Modern Art Museum

2007 Portraits de L'autre Musee d'xelles, Bruxelies
2008 Vital Signs: Reality of 9 Contemporary Artists, Yokosuka Museum of Art,
2008 Yokosuka
2008 The Body Sings of Life, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of
2008 Contemporary Art
2008 Japan Contemporary Art Festival, Heiri Art Village, Soeul

2006 Case Study: Fashion in Perspective Beyond the Valley, London
2006 Berlin- Tokyo: Tokyo- Berlin Neue National Galerie, Berlin
2006 mas alla de lo ordinario/ extraordinario: fotografia japonesa contemporanea
2006 Centro de La Imagen, Mexico

2004 out of the ordinary/ extraordinary: Japanese Contemporary photography
2004 Japanisches Kulturinstitut, Ko¨ln; touring Europe

2003  Beyond the Surface-Japanese Style of Making Things Singapore Art Museum,
2003 Singapore; Cultural Center of Philippines, Manila

2002 Photoneshia: Memories of Light; Fruits of Time Naha Civic Gallery, Okinawa

2000 Art and Society: Earthquake Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki1999
2004 Premio Michelangelo Antonioni per le Arti 1999 Flash Art Museum, Trevi

1998 An Incomplete History: Women Photographers from Japan,
1998 1864-1997Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, Rochester; New York
1998 Art and the Environment:From an Ecological Point of ViewThe National
1998 Museum of Art, Osaka

1997  Flexible Coexistence: Mito Annual '97 Art Tower Mito, Mito
1997  Lust und Leere Japanische Photographie der Gegenwart Kunsthalle Wien,
1997  Wien Surface Exposed: Photography in the 90's Art Museum of Contempor
1997  ary Art , Tokyo

1996 Prospect '96 Schirin Kunstverein, Frankfurt

1995 Contemporary Japanese Photography
1995 The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1994 Japanese Art After 1945 Yokohama Museum of Art,Yokohama,
1994 Guggenheim Museum Soho, NewYork; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
1994 San Francisco
1994 Inside Out: Contemporary Japanese Photography The Light Factory
1994 Photographic Arts Center, Charlotte, N.C

1993 Zeitgenossische Japanische Photographie Kunsthaus, Zurich

1992 Symposion uber Fotografie13, So Oder So Nicht Sein Forum Stadtpark, Graz

1991 Exploring the Unknown Self: Self-Portrait of Contemporary Women
1991 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
1991 Japanese Photography in the 1970s Tokyo
1991 Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
1991 Make-Believe The Photographers Gallery, London

1985 Paris, New York, Tokyo
1995 The Tsukuba Museum of Photography, Ibaragi; The Miyagi Museum of Art,
1991 Sendai

1979 Japan: A Self-Portrait International Center of Photography, New York; Venice

1976  Hyakka-Ryo-Ran” Gallery Simizu, Tokyo


2007 "Club & Courts Yokosuka Yokohama, " Sokyusha
1997 "Innocence," Akaakasha

2006 "mother’s 2000-2005 traces of the Future, " Tankosha

2005 "Scars," Sokyusha
1995 "Kizuato," Nihon Bunkyo Shuppan
1995 "Le Parfum de la Rose," with Katsuyuki Yomogida, Kyuryudo

2002 "Mother's," Sokyusha

2001 "Endless Night 2001," Wides Shuppan

2000 "Nail," Heibonsha

1998 "Yokosuka Again," Sokyusha
1998 1996-2000 Foto Magazine"Main"

1995 "Hiromi:1955," Chikuma Shobo
1995 "Choromosome XY," Shinchosha

1994 "1906 to the skin," Kawade Shobo Sinsha Publishers

1993 "Monochrome," Chikuma Shobo

1990 "1・9・4・7," Inter Press Corporation

1981 "Endless Night," Asahi Sonorama
1981 "Tokyo Dental College," Issei Shuppan

1979 "Yokosuka Story," Shahin Tsushinsha

1978 "Apartment," Shahin Tsushinsha

<Public Collections>

Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona
Higashikawa Photo Fiesta, Hokkaido
The Japan Foundation
Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki
Kunsthaus, Zuridh
Los Angels County Museum of Art, Los Angels
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama
Masion Europoenne de la Photographie